EU's Highest Court Rules Speech Constitutes Employment Discrimination

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In a ruling issued on July 10, 2008, the Court of Justice of the European Communities, the court charged with ensuring uniform application of EU legislation among member states, ruled that an employer?s statements regarding recruitment of immigrants constituted discrimination, even without evidence that any immigrants were denied employment. This decision expands EU antidiscrimination law further than United States court rulings. In today?s global environment, this case has far-reaching implications for employers, as even well-intended statements may now constitute discrimination in and of themselves, at least in the EU.

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